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Geauga County Auditor's Office
231 Main Street, Suite 1-A
Chardon, OH 44024
Direct Line:
(440) 279-1614
Phone:
(440) 285-2222 Ext.1614
(440) 564-7131 Ext.1614
E-mail:
mbarmao@co.geauga.oh.us
Weekend/After Hours Contact:
The Geauga County Dog Warden
#1 Dog Contest

#1 Dog Contest

The #1 Dog is determined by a short essay written by any 4th or 5th grader in Geauga County.  The essays are read by a panel of judges, and the winner will receive dog tag #1 for their dog and the title #1 Dog in Geauga County.

Click on a tab below to see the winner for that respective year.

2019 Number One Dog Contest Winner

I am pleased to announce, that we had numerous essays that were judged on November 5, 2018 by Mary Balog from Bainbridge Library, Jesse Huge from Burton Library, Christine Peace from Chardon Library, myself Auditor Chuck Walder, Deputy Auditor Mary Beth Armao, and Administrative Assistant Pamela McMahan.

The judging was difficult, but we were able to find the one essay that conveyed the loyalty and love we were looking for in the Number One Dog in Geauga County.  I presented the Number One dog tag for Geauga County to Notre Dame Elementary School's fourth grader, Olivia Caschera and her dog S'mores.

#1 Dog 2019

My Three - Legged S'mores

Hi I'm Olivia, and I'm going to be telling you about my dog, S'mores.

S'mores was a stray dog rooming the towns of Ohio living a happy and stressful life. Until one day S'mores came across a road, now S'mores didn't know that was a road but he still tried to go across it. Boom!!! (S'mores got hit) The person that hit him called the vet. The vet came to bring him back to the shelter. They took some tests and they found out that his leg had to be amputated!!! So they did, but that wasn't the only the only problem, the vet still needed to find his owner!!! They called everybody in the area but no owner to be found. After a whole week, still no owner to be found. So the head vet had to give S'mores to ''Mutts In A Rut Rescue." Now, our old dog had just died. So we got guinea pigs first, then we heard about this dog, S'mores, that we decided to foster. My family and I went to go meet him and he was the perfect fit. So one week later we did it, we started fostering S'mores!!! Then only one month later a family wanted him!!! So we had to make a decision, ether to keep S'mores, or to keep fostering. My mom and my brother wanted to keep fostering, but me and my dad wanted to keep him. After a day we decided to keep him!!! He is an awesome dog because he can show you even though you may be a little different, you can still achieve anything!!! S'mores is 1.5 years old and he still can jump, run, and do SOOO many tricks. He is on his way to becoming a therapy dog as well. It's like S'mores doesn't even know he has three legs!!!

Hope you enjoyed this paragraph about my three legged dog, S'mores. Bye!!!

2018 Number 1 Dog Contest Winner

I am pleased to announce, that we had numerous essays that were judged on November 6, 2017 by Burton Public Library’s Jesse Huge, Geauga County Public Library, Bainbridge branch Library Head of Youth Services Assistant Manager Sarah Wilsman, Chardon Public Library Adult Reference Service Assistant Christine Peace, myself, Frank Gliha and Administrative Assistant, Pam McMahan.

The judging was difficult, but we were able to find the one essay that conveyed the loyalty and love we were looking for in the #1 Dog in Geauga County. I will be presenting the #1 Dog Tag for Geauga County to St. Mary School Chardon, 4th grader, Lilliana Dillworth and her dog Hank.

2017 Number 1 Dog Contest Winner

I am pleased to announce, that we had numerous essays that were judged on November 7, 2016 by Burton Public Library’s Youth Services Manager Christine Mahalik, Geauga County Public Library, Bainbridge branch Library Head of Youth Services Assistant Manager Sarah Wilsman, Chardon Public Library Adult Reference Service Assistant Christine Peace, myself, Frank Gliha and Administrative Assistant, Pam McMahan.

The judging was difficult, but we were able to find the one essay that conveyed the loyalty and love we were looking for in the #1 Dog in Geauga County. I will be presenting the #1 Dog Tag for Geauga County to Kenston Intermediate School, 5th grader, Gracelyn Skladany and her dog ESPN.

2016 Number 1 Dog Contest Winner

I am pleased to announce, that we had numerous essays that were judged on November 9, 2015 by Burton Public Library's Children's Services Coordinator Beth Rush, Geauga County Public Library, Bainbridge Branch Library Head of Youth Services Assistant Manager Sarah Wilsman, Chardon Public Library Adult Reference Service Assistant Christine Peace, myself, Frank Gliha, and Administrative Assistant, Pam McMahan.

The judging was difficult, but we were able to find the one essay that conveyed the loyalty and love we were looking for in the #1 Dog in Geauga County. I presented the #1 Dog Tag for Geauga County to Kenston Intermediate School, 4th grader, Emily Collier and her dog Stella.

#1 Dog for 2016

2015 Number 1 Dog Contest Winner

The #1 Dog in Geauga County was awarded to Annie Costello and her dog Hope. Annie is a 4th grader at Kenston Intermediate School.

The essays were judged November 17th, 2014 by Burton Public Library’s Children’s Services Coordinator Beth Rush, Geauga County Public Library, Bainbridge branch Library Assistant Linda Nichols, Chardon Public Library Adult Reference Service Assistant Christine Peace, Administrative Assistant Pam McMahan and myself, Frank Gliha. We Thank the judges for their valuable time and effort in determining this year’s winner.

2014 Number 1 Dog Contest Winner

The #1 Dog in Geauga County was awarded to Kailin Edwards and her dog Kora. Kailin is a 5th grader at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School.

The essays were judged November 18th, 2013 by Burton Public Library’s Assistant Reference librarian Becky Weigman, Geauga County Public Library, Bainbridge branch Library Assistant Linda Nichols, Chardon Public Library, Assistant Manager Carol Tuttle, Administrative Assistant Pam McMahan and myself, Frank Gliha. We Thank the judges for their valuable time and effort in determining this year’s winner.

2013 Number 1 Dog Contest Winner

The #1 Dog in Geauga County was awarded to Elizabeth Dailey and her dog Ace-y Boy. Elizabeth is a 4th grader at Notre Dame Elementary School.

The essays were judged November 19th, 2012 by Burton Public Library employee Paula Wagner, Geauga County Public Library, Bainbridge Branch employee Linda Nicholas, Geauga County Public Library, Administrative Branch employee Mary Jo Dean, Administrative Assistant Lori Myllykoski and myself, Frank Gliha. We Thank the judges for their valuable time and effort in determining this years winner.

2012 Number 1 Dog Contest Winner

The #1 Dog in Geauga County was awarded to Emily Walker and her dog Shadow. Emily is a student at Kenston Intermediate School.

The essays were judged November 21st, 2011 by Kelly Schaefer of Burton Library, Rachel Simpson of Geauga County Library, and Maureen Stern of Bainbridge Library. We thank the judges for their valuable time and effort in determining this years winner and honorable mention.

Emily Walker, Shadow, and Auditor Frank Gliha

2011 Number 1 Dog Contest Winner

The #1 Dog in Geauga County was awarded to Jessica Sunderhaft and her dog Bailey. Jessica is a 4th grade student at Kenston Intermediate School. An Honorable Mention was also awarded to Natalie Girolamo and her dog Max.

The essays were judged November 22nd, 2010 by Burton Public Library employee Holly Lynn, Geauga County Public Library, Chardon Branch employee Kathy Wood, Geauga County Public Library, Middlefield Branch employee Kara Fennell, Geauga County Auditor Frank J. Gliha and Geauga County Auditor's Office Administrative Assistant Lori Myllykoski. We thank the judges for their valuable time and effort in determining this years winner and honorable mention.





2010 Number 1 Dog Contest Winner

The #1 Dog in Geauga County was awarded to Raymie Byler and his dog Beauty. Raymie is a 5th grade student from Middlefield Township.

An Honarable Mention was also awarded to Jonah Hamby from Newbury Township and his dog Amanda.

The essays were judged November 2009 by Bainbridge Public Library employee Shelby Decapite, Burton Public Library employee Kathy Schaeffer and Geauga West Public Library employee Noelle Dull. We thank the judges for their valuable time and effort in determining this years winner and honorable mentions.

Auditor Frank Gliha with award and #1 dog Beauty